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Weekend Reads #8: Gothic Victorian Supernatural & Samurai Fiction

Happy Friday to all! I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead. For today’s post, I’m going to briefly share with you all of the books that I shall be reading over Saturday and Sunday, and more than likely through the following week. Thus far, I have been liking all the titles I’m going to mention (that I’ve begun reading) quite immensely!


Dragon Champion (Age of Fire Book 1) by E.E. Knight
🐲 Adult fantasy
🐲 A story about a young dragon who’s left alone in the wake of a terrible tragedy. Refusing to believe he’s the last one of his kind, he sets out to find more of his kin.
🐲 The novel is told from the first-person perspective of the dragon.
🐲 So far the writing is very good and the story refreshingly original.

A Great & Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
🎩 Young Adult, Supernatural, Historical Fiction
🎩 The story follows a young girl named Gemma Doyle who is taken from her home in India after her mother commits suicide, and placed into a proper boarding school, Spence, in England. Here she realises she has a startling new ability, as well as a mysterious admirer who followed her from India to England.
🎩 Takes place in 1845 and boasts a Gothic Victorian ambience.
🎩 I decided to pick up the series after a favourite BookTuber recommended it.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus II by Hiroaki Samura
🍶
Seinen, Chanbara, Jidai-Geki, Manga
🍶 The story follows an immortal warrior who seeks to redeem himself of the 100 deaths he’s committed during his life. His quest leads him to a young girl who is set on the path of vengeance against those who slaughtered her entire family.
🍶 The historical, samurai series has the best illustrations I have ever seen in my life.
🍶 The story is an homage to classical samurai narratives, akin to Akira Kurosawa, yet it has enough unique and strange twists to revolutionise the genre in many ways.
🍶 Review for volume 1 shall be up in a few days.

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 3 by Natsuki Takaya
🐈 
Shōjo, Romcom, Slice-of-Life, Supernatural
🐈  The story follows Tohru Honda as she ends up living with her classmate and his family through various circumstances, where she discovers that his family has a very strange and inconvenient secret!
🐈  Immensely feel-good and laugh-out-loud.
🐈  Heavily focused on character development and bonds of differing relationships.
🐈  Beautiful artwork.


Those are all of my planned reads to the weekend! Once again, I wish you all a lovely few days ahead, with lots of laughter and warmth. 💖💖💖

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